Hundreds of concertgoers witnessed a man jump to his death at a Swell Season show at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA Thursday night.
The audience, the crew, as well as band members, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, were horrified when they saw a man deliberately throw himself from the building, fall three stories through lighting rigs, and land on a speaker.
Hansard had just finished performing a song and was talking to the crowd when the man jumped. He put down his guitar and walked over to the man on the stage while doctors attempted to revive him.
"I saw him standing there on the edge of the roof, I thought it was a part of the act, and then he took off running and jumped, did a couple of flips and landed on the stage," audience member Kyle Rivers said. "It was pretty traumatic."
Some witnesses tweeted about the disturbing event, saying, "Swell Season at Mountain Winery was amazing until someone decided it was time 2 end their life & made an entire audience unwilling witnesses.
Swell Season and the crew issued a statement:
"The band, crew and all involved with them are shocked and saddened by the unfortunate events of last night. Their hearts go out to the victim and his friends and family."
[Image via SF Weekly.]